Back in May I told you about my aunt‘s self-published book, Lessons of Evil, and I’d like to let you know about another book she has available. It’s called Fun House Chronicles, and this is what my aunt has to say about why she wrote it:

My mother and father both ended their days in long term care facilities, one with physical and the other with mental ailments. Shortly thereafter, my husband entered a care facility and never came home again. He died there four years later. For more hours than most, I’ve sat in those hard visitor seats watching the comings and goings of staff, residents, and families. Some were appealing, others appalling.

Fun House Chronicles is the story of one woman who enters a nursing home, and how it affects her family, the staffers, the other residents, and the woman herself. There is sorrow here, of course. But you will also find humor and hope.

It is my great desire that this story gives comfort and information to anyone faced with a nursing home for self or loved ones. It includes many of the things I wish I had known before my own journey began. I wish you well.

One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t spend more time visiting my beloved grandparents in the nursing home rooms they sadly ended their lives in. I don’t even know what to say about the selfless duty my aunt and mother put in over the years—particularly with my grandfather, who couldn’t even remember the visits—except that they are incredibly strong women.

My aunt has spent a truly staggering amount of time in care facilities, and her story is a good and true one. The vignettes at the beginning of the chapters will make you smile and maybe also break your goddamned heart in two. (Here’s an excerpt from the book.)

If you’d like to check it out, or just support an independent author, or do both of those things at the same time, Fun House Chronicles is available for Kindle or Nook for the extremely reasonable price of $3.99.

Thanks for considering it. I am a big fan of my aunt, and I wish her all the success in the world.

Comments

24 Responses to “Fun House Chronicles”

  1. Donna on July 21st, 2011 3:10 pm

    I LOVED this book, it was sooo good, and I wish I wrote well enough that I could say something profound, but all I gotta say is read it!

  2. Liz on July 21st, 2011 3:53 pm

    I loved Lessons of Evil and I liked the preview of Fun House Chronicles so I’m glad it’s available!

  3. Kristin on July 21st, 2011 4:06 pm

    It looks good! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Suzanne on July 21st, 2011 5:03 pm

    Both of my mother’s parents are in residential care and it is…awful. I’d love to maybe see some of the situation in a less than depressing light, so I will take your advice and buy your aunts book. Thank you.

  5. Trina on July 21st, 2011 5:48 pm

    I have my copy, and am waiting until we are on vacation to read it. I am huge fan of your Aunt also.

  6. JMH on July 21st, 2011 5:48 pm

    Your aunt is such a talented writer (like you). I have really enjoyed her blog over the past few years and I think her posts about life in a nursing home were so well done. I will be purchasing this book tonight.

  7. H on July 21st, 2011 6:57 pm

    I knew somehow, some day, something would happen that would force me to get a Kindle or Nook. This is it, isn’t it?

  8. Jessica on July 21st, 2011 7:18 pm

    I read the excerpt and liked it so much I bought the book!

  9. Teralyne on July 22nd, 2011 5:02 am

    I am reading this one now and loved the heck out of Lessons of Evil. I bought my Nook (which I totaly adore) just so I could get the this book and am so glad I did.

  10. Gina on July 22nd, 2011 6:07 am

    I will definitely be buying it. I love your aunt and have been reading her blog for a long time. My husband spent a few months in a nursing home after a bad accident and shortly afterward, I started reading it. It was helpful to read someone else’s experiences.

  11. T on July 22nd, 2011 7:39 am

    Read the excerpt and was sorry for it to end! I Will definitely be purchasing a copy. Thanks, Linda…so much talent in the family! :-)

  12. Christine on July 22nd, 2011 8:24 am

    When I purchase an e-reader, I certainly will. Nursing home facilities are HARD. My grandmother spent her last few years there while she suffered with Alzheimer’s and man, your mom and aunt sound amazing. I wish them both the best

  13. Em on July 22nd, 2011 1:52 pm

    Just bought it. This is a timely recommendation, as my grandfather has been toggling back and forth for the past month between the hospital and a rehab hospital following open heart surgery, stroke, and blood pressure issues. My family is starting to think about “other arrangements” for him and my grandmother, and it’s breaking my heart to think about it. Thanks for the recommendation; I look forward to reading it.

  14. k on July 22nd, 2011 8:04 pm

    I am anti Nook and Kindle! Can I get it any other way?

  15. alyn on July 22nd, 2011 8:11 pm

    Your aunt’s book sounds amazing, but I may have to wait a while before trying to read it. The subject matter hits a little too close to home these days. BUT, it is a book that had to be written. Tell your aunt “thanks” from me.

  16. sheila on July 22nd, 2011 10:23 pm

    I enjoyed the excerpt very much. The health issues are very familiar in my family. But I don’t have an e-reader yet! Maybe this will inspire me to get one. Thanks for the excerpt.

  17. thejunebug on July 24th, 2011 9:47 am

    Please tell Aunt Linda I’m going to buy her book, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to read it. My dad suffered from multiple sclerosis and was placed in a nursing home when I was 14. I spent all of my high school years there – every single day after school (when my friends were busy being cheerleaders, or future businessmen, or just hanging out together) and every day in the summer – at the nursing home. I was there when he died. I think it will be too hard to read for me, but I am so proud of Aunt Linda and I love reading her blog, so she certainly deserves my $4. :)

  18. Pamela Brookins on July 24th, 2011 12:45 pm

    Excerpt got me hooked. I’ll be purchasing ‘Fun House Chronicles’ tonight. Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Aunt Linda on July 24th, 2011 4:12 pm

    I would like to be Aunt Linda to you all. Thanks so much for your kind words and your purchases. And thanks to my niece. A baby eBook needs a plug or two to start it on its way. Nothing is better than Sundry for that. Love to all.

  20. Erika on July 24th, 2011 7:31 pm

    I read both of the excerpts and I have got to get these books.

  21. Liz on July 24th, 2011 9:14 pm

    Aunt Linda –
    I finished FHC this morning. I was so glad to see that you have follow-ups planned! I loved these characters and can’t wait to read about the mysteries they’ll solve.

  22. Ella on July 25th, 2011 4:42 am

    I am definitely purchasing both books. My uncle sadly will end up in a nursing home because he needs constant care after 2 full strokes and a small one; and brain surgery. Sadly half of his body is now paralyzed and his wife and daughter simply can’t take care of him at home. I am really looking forward to reading these books reading – especially fun house Chronicles.

  23. .303 Bookworm on July 26th, 2011 12:56 am

    Don’t have a kindle or a nook and hate reading anything more than a short blog on my PC ( I stare at a screen all day for work, why would I do it at home?). On the other hand I’ve been dying to read this book so have just been forced to get Kindle for PC (it’s all your Aunt’s fault!) so I can read it. And OH YES definitly worth it. Tears and laughter and oh yeah moments. Strongly recommended.

  24. Kate on July 27th, 2011 10:28 am

    I just purchased Lessons of Evil (and am impatiently waiting for my kindle to charge to read it). This one sounds completely different but amazing as well.

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